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May the force (of the community) be with you One of the most striking notions to emerge from the festival is the power of the fan base, the huge potential for innovation and added value that arise from a well-nurtured community. This observation links back to the idea that “… value is now generated by the relationship between audience and content“...
Project name: The Long Dark Type of production/project: Video game (PC, Mac, Linux) Funding period: Campaign underway since September 2013 Pledges collected: CAN$276,000+ (including CAN$256,217 pledged through Kickstarter and via PayPal) Number of backers: 7,400+ (in total, Kickstarter and PayPal) Average amount pledged: $37 Company: Hinterland Studio Inc. The project In September 2013, Hinterland founder and creative director Raphael van Lierop,...
The video content revolution has numerous facets that have been explored extensively on this blog: new distribution scenarios (TV Unbundling in Canada – Stakes and Opportunities), new screens (Is 4K Technology Worthy of all the Buzz?), new formats (OTT, VOD, IPTV, DVR... The alphabet soup of new TV), and new competition (Canal+ Canada: The Trojan horse of a French giant?, The...
Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, has seen a litany of permutations since he was first introduced to the public in 1887 in the first of the author’s four novels. However, it was Conan Doyle’s short stories—published monthly in The Strand magazine—that captured the public’s imagination and incited members of the public to write to the fictional detective at his...
Rarely do we focus on funding campaigns that did not reach their goal. They are nevertheless as common as those that do and clearly more numerous than those that actually surpass their goal. Seeing as failure can result from several factors, there are many lessons to be learned from the post-mortem of a failed campaign—a priceless source of information for anyone preparing...
While “House of Cards” has invaded and taken over 44 million households, the American television broadcasting ecosystem could very well be shaken up once again this coming July. That is when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its ruling in a case opposing American television broadcasting giants and Aereo, a company that decided it had nothing to lose. As...
In November 2013, the British Broadcasting Corporation announced that it had signed a series of four ‘memorandums of understanding’ with organizations including the Open Data Institute and the Mozilla Foundation. Their stated objective in making this public declaration was to support ‘free and open Internet technologies’ and explore best practice models based on such technologies. The declarations are mostly symbolic and, as...
This spring, Canadians will begin to see the potential development of the next phase of the television industry in the anticipated report required by the government from the CRTC. In a consumer-first move during the October 2013 throne speech, the federal government required that the CRTC develop a roadmap for the future of television unbundling and the subsequent steps that...
During the Forum Blanc, which unfolded in France from January 15 to 17, the CMF’s Trendscape team (represented by myself) was invited to take part in the opening panel discussion provocatively titled “Is there a future for transmedia?” Ask the same question to a thousand people and you’ll get a thousand different answers. Simply put, everyone has their own definition of...
After Cinemacity and Type: Rider, ARTE is launching its latest bi-media project on February 10, this time entirely fiction... or almost: the project follows a police investigation on television, and recreates the trial online. Two points of view, two media, a single story It all begins with the death of Manon Villers, wife of forensic scientist Paul Villers (played by Phillipe Torreton). After her...
Think about publishing and you think about reading, but not about watching, interacting or playing. Producers tend to seek out publishing companies only when looking to acquire the film or TV rights to a particular book. However, radical changes and exciting developments have been afoot in the publishing world—arguably more so than in any other media industry—and these developments...
At the beginning of January, at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the audiovisual industry’s main players took colossal means to promote their new 4K screens. Apart Samsung stealing the show when it Qunveiled an immense 105” curved TV (intended mainly for the Chinese and Middle-Eastern markets), LG, Samsung and Panasonic all presented 4K (Ultra HD) models. These TVs generate a...
Mix between crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, the Cuban Hat Project has allowed audiences and members of the documentary industry to participate in the selection of the best documentary pitches at different Canadian and international markets. A case study was conducted on one of the Cuban Hat Project initiatives: a Canada-wide online contest for documentary projects which took place as a collaboration...
The simple answer is that it depends on the project, the platform being used and other factors related to the specifics of the campaign. While the media is full of extraordinary stories of success, the reality is that many if not most crowdfunding campaigns do not reach their ultimate funding goals. Indeed, according to Massolution’s 2013 Crowdfunding Industry Report, the global average...
In Canada, Deloitte’s TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) Predictions is one of the most anticipated industry documents of the year. Duncan Stewart, Director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada, shares his thoughts with us on the impacts of the growing online TV consumption in Canada due to the availability of faster internet speeds. Fibre optic bandwidth is currently the fastest connection available...